Baby Mila Aurora Matajic born at 12:01 and eight seconds on Jan. 1
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Melissa Thibodeau and Peter Matajic with baby Mila Aurora resting comfortably in their Beaconsfield home.
As far as proud parents Peter Matajic and Melissa Thibodeau knew, baby Mila Aurora was the Jewish General Hospital’s first delivered baby of the New Year, coming into the world one minute and eight seconds passed midnight.
Only when the news that Montreal’s first baby of the year honours was awarded to Yara Lydia Salmi born at 12:01 and 50 seconds to mother Aouatef Mokrani and father Sofiane Salmi, over at St. Mary’s Hospital, did nurses alert the Jewish General Hospital’s public relations department of baby Mila Aurora’s time of birth.
Not only was Mila, coming in at seven pounds and five ounces, Montreal’s first baby of the new year, but also of the province.
“Of course we were excited but honestly we were just happy that she was a healthy baby,” said Thibodeau.
The Matajic’ have since been resting comfortably in their Beaconsfield home, rotating between power naps to care for their newborn child.
"It’s been typical with having a new baby. Not a lot of sleeping for the parents, checking the weight, and counting the poos and pees" Melissa Thibodeau, mom
“It’s been typical with having a new baby. Not a lot of sleeping for the parents, checking the weight, and counting the poos and pees,” said Thibodeau. “That’s what you obsess on the first couple of weeks.”
The homecoming was also an opportunity to introduce Mila to 22-month-old sister Danika.
“We were really concerned of introducing a sibling to a newborn,” said Thibodeau.
“We couldn’t have hope for a better reunion. [Danika] was always gentle, affectionate, always wanting to see her. It was really cute and unexpected,” added Matajic.
The tradition of honouring New Year babies began in Greece around 600 B.C. to celebrate Dionysus, the Greeks’ god of wine. To honour the annual rebirth of their god, the Greeks would parade a baby in a basket, representing the spirit of fertility.
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